VOCA funding decreases domestic violence mitigation services worry

Four nonprofit corporations in Western North Carolina got negative news: They would not be receiving a mixed $2 million in state grant funding around the future two years. 

Helpmate, Our Voice, Pisgah Lawful Services and the Mediation Heart obtained term about funding cuts June 16 from the Governor’s Criminal offense Fee.

“All four of us last Wednesday got this email that said, ‘We have declined your grant software,’” explained Laura Jeffords, the govt director of the Mediation Heart, which delivers supervised visitation assistance for family members encountering domestic violence and boy or girl sexual abuse.  

They will eliminate $200,000 just up coming 12 months. 

“This funding is about 80% of the funding that we have to present those (supervised visitation) providers in Buncombe County,” Jeffords claimed. 

Pisgah Authorized Solutions obtained a almost 40% reduce to its price range to aid survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic abuse. Helpmate, which runs the only shelter for domestic violence survivors in Buncombe County, missing much more than half a million bucks. And Our Voice, Buncombe County’s rape disaster center, will see virtually $300,000 cut from its spending budget about the following two yrs.